Removing Cable Stops and Guides
Old fashioned cable stops and guides are a serious problem on modern mountain bikes.
The use of hydraulic brakes and continous length deraillure housings make the old fashioned type not only useless, but dangerous. They snag clothing and skin leading to tears of each.
The Best configuration
All cable guides should be of the zip tie type, with only one stop for the front deraillure.
Removing the guides
Saw it off. Be carefull not to damage the frame.
Close, but nasty.
Start filing with a course file.
finish with a smooth file.
Sand and scotchbrite for a perfect finish.
Always use SATIN finish paints. Gloss and Flat finish paints will always lead to problems.
Finished with wet paint. Once dry it will look fine.